25th April 2018
This policy applies to all staff including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Williby Roc’s CIC.
The purpose of the policy:
- To protect children and young people who receive Williby Roc’s services. This includes children of adults who use our service.
- To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guides our approach to safeguarding and child protection.
Williby Roc’s believe that children should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that will keep them safe.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Act 2006
- Protection and Freedom Act 2012
- Children and Families Act 2014
- Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 – 20 years – Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities: HM Government 2014
- Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers HM Government.
- Working together to safeguarding children : a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children: HM Government 2015
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children’s Act 1989
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
- Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication and other needs
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them
- Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer for children and young people
- Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
- Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
- Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensure that we have a policy and procedure to help deal effectively with any bullying that may arise
- Ensure that we have an effective complaint and whistle blowing measures in place
- Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
Designated Safeguarding Officer
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.